MVP #GenerationGo: Tips on Youth Sports (& A $50 VISA Gift Card Giveaway)

Since I have joined the MVP Generation Go Ambassador Program, I have shared many topics with you. From my style of meal planning, my favorite kid-friendly recipe to time management skills, back-to-school tips and more.

As a MVP Generation Go Ambassador, I also get to give away, with the help from Kids Fun Plaza, a $50 Visa Gift Card. 😉

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This week’s topic is about Youth Sports.

By now, most kids have started school.  My kids went back this past Wednesday and let me tell you it hasn’t been easy.  During the Summer, we kicked back, slept-in many mornings and just had fun.  Now it’s time to get down to business and back to a much needed routine.

With that being said, there are also many kids who are back to playing sports.  I remember my 12 year old playing soccer one year (this was a few years ago) and as she was trying to kick the ball to one of her team mates, she tripped and fell on her wrist.  She was screaming with agony.  I was so scared.  Her coach mentioned  that it was a possibility she sprained her wrist.  By the time we got home, she said she felt better. I gave her an ice pack and some Tylenol and she went to bed. Her wrist was a bit swollen but I didn’t think it was that bad.  The next morning, she said she couldn’t handle the pain so I called her pediatrician and we went within that hour.  After the doctor checked her, we were sent over to radiology to have an x-ray done.  After the x-ray, the technician said she had a fracture.

Oh no!

Do you know how bad I felt?  I was so heartbroken for her. I felt really bad but thankfully the nurse reassured me that some parents wait days and days later to bring their child to the hospital.  I’m not sure if that were true but she calmed me down.

After her cast was removed, she was no longer interested in soccer, let alone any sport.  She was my only child who adored sports but what can I do?  She’s a great violinist so I’m happy about that. 😉

Since I know very little about sports, Greg Dashaw, who is the Head Athletic Trainer at Siena College, gave all the ambassadors some tips to share with our readers.

Tips on Youth Sports

“Equipment–- it is extremely important for everyone involved in sports to have proper fitting gear. Your performance and development on the field of play can be affected by your equipment. Two examples would be:

1. Proper fitting footwear: Brand new sneakers, turf shoes, or cleats that are not broken in can cause blisters. This can cause you to miss practice and game participation. Old shoes that are too big or too small can cause you to change your gait; this could lead to other injuries.

2. A helmet that is too big is poor protection and can lead to injury if it slides down and blocks your vision. Ones that are too tight can cause headaches. It is important to have someone that is knowledgeable about the equipment that you need for your sport help you pick out the right size and get the right fit.”

And now for the giveaway.



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  5. Amity Johnson says:

    Both of my girls play lacrosse and by the end of the season it is very hot- I make sure they drink plenty of water and break as much as they can-my eldest has asthma so it’s important to monitor them!

  6. It has been extremely hot in Texas this summer so hydration has been the key safety factor in keeping active kids safe.

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  7. Kids are going to get hurt, but my kids know that they are playing a game and are not a win or else situation, and I always goes and support his games!

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  9. Jennifer Marie says:
  10. Make sure that the gear isn’t heavily worn, keep tabs on it so that the risk of injury is low.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway…we make sure our kids wear a mouthguard / mouth piece when playing sports.

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  15. Michelle Espinoza says:

    I go to all their games and that makes them feel good about themselves when we are there to watch them play.

  16. Warming up beforehand.

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